Is this the Easiest (and the Tastiest) Beer Cocktail Ever?

March 5,2014 by 8 Comments

Rogue Snickers Beer
Not long ago I was listening to the Jamil Show Pale Ale episode on The Brewing Network.

At one point Jamil went on a tangent (this happens a lot) about a beer blend he tried at the Rogue Ale House that blew his mind. It is a 50/50 mix of Rogue Chocolate Stout and Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar.

I was a little surprised to hear Jamil (who is a professional brewer) recommend a beer cocktail. Brewers tend to frown upon adulterating their beer by mixing it with something else. So when he praised this beer mixture, I figured it must be good. He made the blend for the co-hosts and they all agreed it was fantastic.

So the other night I picked up a bomber of each beer and poured half of Sebbie (the woman on the chocolate stout bottle) into a glass along with Chris Studach (the guy on the brown nectar bottle) on top (this sounds kinky).


Seriously, this blend is delicious. The chocolate, hazelnut, roasty, caramel flavors all complement each other beautifully. It’s sweet but not too sweet thanks to the stout. I honestly enjoyed this blend better than either beer on its own. Tasty McDole even called it a “panty dropper” – hear that fellas?

It turns out this Rogue Chocolate Stout and Hazelnut Brown Nectar blend is a favorite at Rogue and there is even a name for it – Snickers. I didn’t think of it tasting like a Snickers Bar at the time but thinking back on it I can see the resemblance.

One more experiment

When digging around online about this beer cocktail I came across another Rogue creation called Spontaneous Sebbie. It’s a blend of Rogue Chocolate Stout and Hanssens Oude Kriek.

I already had the stout so I figured why the hell not? I tossed an Oude Kriek into my basket along with the other two beers.

Chocolate Stout and Kriek

Not bad, but not as good as the Snickers. Spontaneous Sebbie makes for a good dessert beer. The cherries and chocolate go well together. But Hanssens Kriek is an awfully sour beer and the Chocolate Stout is awfully roasty. These two characteristics didn’t jive and the blend had a pretty rough finish.

So try Spontaneous Sebbie if you get a chance but don’t expect too much. The Snickers on the other hand is a must try. Has anybody had one? What did you think?

About Billy Broas

He is the founder of The Homebrew Academy, a BJCP beer judge, and the homebrewing expert on the Rocky Mountain PBS television show Colorado Brews. He lives in the fine beer town of Denver, Colorado.

8 responses to “Is this the Easiest (and the Tastiest) Beer Cocktail Ever?”

  1. Simon says:

    I’ve never done it by myself with standalone beers, but imperial stouts and barley wine should certainly make it great as it is already done by some breweries (lost abbey and mikkeller amongst others).

  2. This sounds delicious! I will have to try it sometime. I like to blend sometimes, depending on what I have on tap. I made a milk stout which is a tad on the sweet side for my liking, so I found myself pouring a 4:1 ratio of milk stout to pale ale. Gave it just a little more bitterness and hop presence to consume multiple pints at a time.

  3. PS says:

    I tried this last night and agree it is very tasty. With the added benefit of a perfectly good reason to drink two pints in one sitting :-p

  4. Rick says:

    Southern Tier has a box called the fuse box and it plays on this premise (mixing beers) and I can tell you some of the concoctions just in the box (a three beer sampler) are sublime.

    I have scheduled a beer cocktail night with some friends coming up where the entire goal of the evening is to mix a beer or more together and see what comes up. I am sure some of those mixes will be bad but who knows, should be a fun time.

    • Billy Broas says:

      That’s a great idea on the part of Southern Tier to put mixable beers in a box together. Definitely come back and let us know how your own experiments go Rick.

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